Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker was a star defensive lineman at Jamestown High School and was named a Western New York High School All-Star two times.

He went on to the University of Pittsburgh where he is still considered one of the Panthers' greatest linemen. He was named an Associated Press All-Star 3 three times and a United International All-Star twice. He played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and played for the College All-Stars against the NFL Champion Detroit Lions. The All-Stars defeated the Lions who were quarterbacked by Bobby Layne.

McCusker played in the NFL for seven years with the Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns and was a member of the Eagles when they won the NFL title by defeating Green Bay 17-13 in the 1960 championship game. His final year was played with the New York Jets in 1964.

Jim McCusker was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 1982. He died in 2015.

Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker is #75 and Chuck Bednarik is #60 here with the 1960 Philadelphia Eagles.

courtesy Sports Illustrated
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Temple Hesed Abraham Sports Night, Monday, February 6, 1956, Hotel Jamestown. Jim McCusker, far right, seated next to Jackie Robinson, listens to Jamestown native, Lucille Ball, address the crowd. Her husband, Desi Arnaz, is on far left.

Photo by Charlotte Brooks, courtesy of Look magazine and the Library of Congress.

video courtesy Greg Peterson
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Radio broadcast of 1960 NFL Championship game

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